LinuxQuestions.org
Review your favorite Linux distribution.
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Non-*NIX Forums > General
User Name
Password
General This forum is for non-technical general discussion which can include both Linux and non-Linux topics. Have fun!

Notices

Reply
 
Search this Thread
Old 09-28-2004, 11:30 PM   #1
twantrd
Senior Member
 
Registered: Nov 2002
Location: CA
Distribution: redhat 7.3
Posts: 1,438

Rep: Reputation: 52
Routers vs Switches


My friend just asked me this and I was kind of wondering what the answer was.

Q: Let's say I have a 4 port router WITHOUT switch. What does that do for you?

A: Well, if you just have a 4 port router, that enables you to have NAT (multiple internal IP addresses) which means 4 computers can go online sharing that same IP address. However, those 4 computers cannot network share anything (they can't see each other).

Now, my question is.......is that the correct answer I gave him? Hmm, I'm starting to wonder if my router/switching understanding is somewhat skewed. Thanks for any pointers!

-twantrd
 
Old 09-28-2004, 11:53 PM   #2
Stack
Member
 
Registered: Oct 2003
Distribution: FreeBSD
Posts: 325

Rep: Reputation: 30
Well i am not sure such a thing exists. Honnestly it would be more of a HUB/gimped router. So you computers could see each other the only problem is that the router would send all the traffic it receives to everyone.
 
Old 09-29-2004, 01:26 PM   #3
dave_starsky
Member
 
Registered: Oct 2003
Location: UK, Manchester
Distribution: Gentoo (2.6.10-r4) & Ubuntu
Posts: 145

Rep: Reputation: 16
Swithces are only used for internal LANs, so to connect to the internet you need a router. You can just plug four computers into that and you can see them all, share stuff etc. So your statement about not being able to share with a router is wrong I am afraid.

A switch is pretty much the same as a router, except with no WAN access. I share a house with 4 people, 3 upstairs and me downstairs, our cable modem is downstairs in my room. I have my computer and the cable modem plugged into a router. Then a port from the router connects to a switch upstairs and then that connects into the individual PCs, all have internet access, all can see each other and share files. Having the switch means only running one wire up the stairs.

Last edited by dave_starsky; 09-29-2004 at 01:27 PM.
 
Old 09-29-2004, 02:32 PM   #4
twantrd
Senior Member
 
Registered: Nov 2002
Location: CA
Distribution: redhat 7.3
Posts: 1,438

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 52
Thanks for clearing that up!

-twantrd
 
Old 09-30-2004, 12:03 PM   #5
jaz
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Apr 2004
Location: midwest
Distribution: fedora core 1
Posts: 12

Rep: Reputation: 6
the majority of home routers have 4-8 port switches already built in

A switch acts more like a smart hub. Using a switch without a router connected to your cable modem would require that each computer have a separate IP address from your ISP. We get calls alot where people have switches instead of routers and wonder why one computer but not the rest can get online.

Switches are good for expanding and taking the workload off your internal network.

Hope that helps
 
  


Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
basic: IP and MAC addresses on routers/switches johnMG Linux - Networking 3 04-01-2005 04:34 PM
how many switches are required alvi2 Linux - Networking 1 03-31-2005 11:35 AM
Using 2 routers as switches only bruce1271 Linux - Networking 3 01-14-2004 12:26 PM
switches bardinjw Linux - Networking 1 09-21-2003 09:03 AM
Routers, Hubs, Switches petercool General 1 06-02-2003 05:14 AM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:51 PM.

Main Menu
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
identi.ca: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration